Occupy Portland is a Non-Violent Movement

November 11, 2011
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The Portland Police recently released a statement concerning efforts to prepare for a confrontation Saturday night. The following is a response to that statement.

Occupy Portland is a non-violent movement. It has always been a non-violent movement. It will continue to be a non-violent movement. Claims that we are organizing massive numbers of people from other cities, including anarchists, to confront police action violently are false. The Portland Police have been engaging for the last several weeks in a campaign to defame and confuse the message of our movement by attributing the actions and statements of individuals to the movement as a whole, and they continue to do so.

We are aware that about 10 people from Seattle have volunteered to come down to Portland Saturday and stand in peaceful solidarity with our movement in a time of need. There have been no calls from the Occupy Portland movement to mobilize any kind of forceful resistance to the police, and last night’s General Assembly reaffirmed all of these things. We cannot control what individuals do.

The claims made are extremely heavy ones, and describe a type of organized effort to create violent confrontation that is patently absent. The efforts by the Portland Police to date have successfully created a perception that the violent actions of some reflect the majority of people present, and that is in contradiction with the facts that any citizen can easily observe by simply a cursory examination of our protest with their own eyes.

Any one that is engaging in violent resistance is doing so in direct contradiction to the values outlined by the Portland General Assembly, and in doing so is by definition not representing Occupy Portland. The City understands this position, and we encourage our government and the police to use a modicum of tact and reason when engaging the public with information. This release cannot be seen in any other light than an attempt to undermine our efforts for a peaceful interaction with supporters around the city, and to discourage involvement by the common people within our city Saturday night at our Potluck and rally.

We are many, and we are peaceful.

35 Responses to Occupy Portland is a Non-Violent Movement

  1. LANA BUCHANAN on November 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    My wish is that people see that we don’t need violence to be heard or to win… we have the numbers and that alone will create victory for the 99%…we must remain vigilant and strong in our beliefs and our voices will be heard….remain peaceful Saturday night…remain strong….go to the potluck go to the rally enjoy the night…do not engage in violence or vandalism…that is not our message use your anger constructively…peacefully…

  2. Mark on November 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Open up the “420 hotel” tent and show the world what they are hiding. Explian the pallets of wood being brought into camp late at night, or at least show where and how they are being used.

    I have seen a call for solidarity put out to other camps. It was my belief that occupy PDX was asking for help.

    You claim to be non violent, and I believe you to a point. But, if there are others out there that do not represent occupy portland and are just looking for a fight, wouldn’t feuling that fire be a form of violence?

    If the police ask you to leave and you do not, then a riot ensues, woulnd’t your defiant actions be the reason the unruly groud gets work up, and therefore violent?

    I still believe you are going about this the wrong way. Blaim the media, the police, whoever you want. You brought this image on yourselves and that is how people see you…plain and simple. You failed to win others support by taking not responsibility and constantly pointing fingers at others….placing blame on everyone else.

    I hope this goes well, but I don’t see a positive outcome. If this goes badly, you will get all the blame and the movement could be hurt…forever.

  3. jordan on November 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Shame on you Portland Police more lies on your part..Most of us living in Portland take your lies with a grain of salt..Given your history of killing unarmed and the mentally ill..But love the way you are trying to get support…

  4. Mark on November 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I apologize for my typos. I am not feeling well!

  5. Maia on November 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Members of the PPD were at Thursday night’s GA, at which the commitment to non-violence was re-affirmed over and over and over again to loud approval by the 200 or so people present while Occupy Portland discussed the raid that is set to happen Sunday morning.

  6. Jason Allen on November 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Can’t wait to see a few heads popped with batons when you occupunks get out of hand. Just because Hong Kong has a similar movement doesn’t make it legal. Get out of our park and take you drugs and poop with you.

  7. anon425206 on November 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    There are more than 10 of us peacefully coming from Seattle. See you tomorrow :D

  8. Bob Koretsky on November 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Finally! The division between the real 99%, peaceful human beings that occupied the camp to make the world a better place, and the violent few who made it into a circus and drug party, will be highlighted! I strongly recommend that the violent few confront the police-after all, that’s the ritual of revolt that has gotten us nowhere, and the more of those eliminated from the arena, the better. The violent few are political zeros. I was at last night’s GA, and the contrast between the two factions at Occupy Portland came into stark relief when violent and drunken street people attempted to disrupt the most important GA of the Occupy Movement’s history. The police and the mayor are noise that shouldn’t interfere with Occupy Portland’s real signal and message. Let the police deal with the violent few, they are noise as well.

  9. OregongrowersUNION on November 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    You guys need to read what OCCUPY livestream is saying(they are trying to get people to come from out of state and set up armed camps) and what they are doing…because they are doing just what the police say they are…and its all on line for the world to see!

    • nathanH on November 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      this is an outright lie. Occupy portland is a non-violent movement. the livestream is a part of occupy portland, we DO NOT promote or condone violence.

  10. jordan on November 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    THE OCCUPATION IS FULL OF PEACE..THE REAL ISSUE IS THE WAY YOU TREAT THE HOMELESS AND MENTALLY ILL IN PORTLAND..SHAME ON YOU AS A SOCIETY PORTLAND..THE POLICE WANT TO MAKE A BIG SHOW TO GET REESE ELECTED AND TO SHOW THEIR POWER..THE OCCUPATION IS ALL ABOUT HELPING OTHERS…HELP THE HOMELESS THEY HAVE BEEN SLEEPING ON THE STREETS FOR OVER 55 YEARS..TIRED OF THE SET HERE LAY HERE TIME FOR CHANGE..HOMELESS STAND UP…..

    • Fritz on November 12, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Are you joking??? Portland caters to homelessness, drug-abusers, and the mentally-ill. You should STAND UP and take RESPONSIBILITY for your OWN DECISIONS, and stop blaming society for your actions.

      Society never held a gun to your head and forced a needle in your arm? If you chose that path in life, blame your mother and father for not teaching your right from wrong.

  11. Satori on November 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    “we cannot control what individuals do”

    you are, however VERY responsible for any actions within the boundaries of the territory you govern and claim ownership thereof.

    in the same way Mayor Adams and Chief Reese are responsible for the actions civil servants within their area of governance.

    this is called being a grown-up

    why in the world would anyone believe you can effect change on our current systems if you believe “you can’t control the behavior of individuals”

    • gnatcar on November 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      You are comparing an elected official and a leaderless, populist grouping of people. This does not work. The Mayor has a clearly defined job title with clear jurisdiction. Occupy Portland is a lose affiliation, and the only authority they have is that which individuals choose to give them.

      • satori on November 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        you have established a clear jurisdiction through your occupation of the parks, you have established a governing agency and decision making entity, therefore you are responsible for the actions within this jurisdiction. you have established a territory within which you are interpreting the law…you are responsible, if not one, then a hundred, but still responsible. you can’t accept responsibility for any of the alleged progress made without also accepting ownership of the regression and negative outcomes. all of this takes humility of which the movement is sorely lacking.

      • satori on November 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

        “and the only authority they have is that which individuals choose to give them.”

        may be wrong, but I think this is what people are doing when they cast a vote, so basically it’s all the same

    • Steven on November 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      right on!

      This bizarre idea that unacceptable behavior that destroys the message is without reproach or rejection is nutty.

      If this movement would simply expel the dopers and violence junkies it could make a difference.

  12. Susan Lilly on November 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Violence will only get someone hurt or killed.
    Breathe deeply, walk slowly. Move with grace. We all have much work to do. Do not waste your energy on this.
    Civil disobedience if you must, but don’t resort to violence.

    Peace,
    Susan Lilly-Yoga Teacher

  13. Walter on November 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I lived right on the eastside of Burnside Bridge and walked to work in a Federal Office downtown. I had to walk through piss, be harrassed by prostitutes and homeless, woke up to find used needles on my porch. In my opinion, this is because I lived within a block or so of the Goodwill Shelter.

    Even though I made six figures, and am now currently jobless and near homeless, and a raging alcoholic, I don’t act like that. I take responsibility for my actions.

    This movement is sorely misguided, and the members and lack of any decent leadership verify my conclusion.

  14. Rick John Denton on November 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    What if we sit down calling Arrest us as soon as the police close in. The point is getting arrested, right, to build solidarity through a shared experience. And to publicize the movement. That is why I am coming.

    Sitting down calms cops and helps to expose provocateurs, too. I saw it work at a huge demo at the Justice Department.

  15. gary on November 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I think that Everyone is wasting time that is Precious and we cant get back.When we all are laying in that last time we will think about our lives and the time spent.But its the Wasted time that we will miss most

  16. Me2I81Sour2 on November 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Tonight I was at a large church where there were a number of meetings, some in affinity, but mostly completely associated with the Movement. What they had in common were interests in social justice and our children’s future and peace.

    What I heard was that the Portland Police better expect that it will be Portland that shows up tomorrow in support. Not a bunch of anarchists. Not a bunch of out-of-state ringers. But Portland. Families. Blue and white and pink collars. The grey-haired set, with their nest eggs and long memories of how the cops pulled shenanigans in the seventies. Those who were Legion then are joining the Legion now.

    What is more, the Calgary… I mean Calvary are just over the hill. A solid contingent of clergy and congregations will be what the Portland police will actually face. You know… their neighbors, their kids’ teachers, their mailmen.

    Better check it before you wreck it, Reese.

    People

  17. Teresa @PDXsays Boze on November 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Tonight I was at a large church where there were a number of meetings, some in affinity, but mostly completely associated with the Movement. What they had in common were interests in social justice and our children’s future and peace.

    What I heard was that the Portland Police better expect that it will be Portland that shows up tomorrow in support. Not a bunch of anarchists. Not a bunch of out-of-state ringers. But Portland. Families. Blue and white and pink collars. The grey-haired set, with their nest eggs and long memories of how the cops pulled shenanigans in the seventies. Those who were Legion then are joining the Legion now.

    What is more, the Calgary… I mean Calvary are just over the hill. A solid contingent of clergy and congregations will be what the Portland police will actually face. You know… their neighbors, their kids’ teachers, their mailmen.

    Better check it before you wreck it, Reese.

    • GG on November 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      Cavalry?

  18. lhall on November 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Um sorry to burst your bubble, but “a bunch of anarchists” will be showing up tomorrow, because a bunch of anarchists have been central to the organizing efforts of Occupy Portland. That doesn’t automatically mean there will be a riot simply because we show up.

    I would suggest the unelected loud mouths on the web team DESIST in their near constant hate speech toward anarchists.

  19. Ben on November 12, 2011 at 4:18 am

    The police are the ones threatening violence, not the the anarchists. Oh, and by the way, anarchism has been integral to the occupy movement so I suggest you stop slandering us! This web team is constantly sowing division, just what the police want! Open your eyes people. If these older, middle-class liberal “peace-police” people were in Egypt in Jan/Feb then they would denounce, fight, and attack the Egyptian people who fought back against the regime’s police and thugs. Don’t forget that the Egyptian people burned down police stations, fought with police, and laid down in front of tanks so that they could occupy and continue occupying Tahrir. You can’t tell someone to lay down and get their heads cracked open by the pigs, just like you can’t tell someone to fight the pigs or physically strike back against corporate tyranny. These are decisions we must make on the affinity group level. The whole occupy movement is about diversity and mutual respect. People who support actual action are in the majority. If you want to be passive then fine, but get out of our way, and don’t take credit for our hard work and sacrifice when we actually prevent them from shutting us down.

    • Fritz on November 12, 2011 at 8:30 am

      Really??? I never once heard the Police threaten violence on you. And this is not Egypt, its Portland and we have laws. You were asked to leave the park you destroyed, and were given ample notice. I really hope you know and understand what it is your about to do, I for one am 100% on the side of Law Enforcement. And I predict you will probably make a stand, invoke violence, and then claim Police Brutality.

      I really wish your “Movement” would just move out of the park, so us 53% could stop having our tax dollars wasted on reviving heroin overdoses.

    • satori on November 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

      There will be a variety of tactics used,” said organizer Adriane DeJerk, 26. “No social movement has ever been successful while being completely peaceful.”

      Then, what does this mean?

      • Laurie Childers on November 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm

        I read this quote in our Corvallis paper. DeJerk is absolutely INCORRECT. Do the research, watch the documentaries, read the books, talk with people. The most successful social movements have been the most peaceful. India’s independence movement. The US Civil Rights movement. (Women’s suffrage in the US.) The Otpor! Serbian resistance movement that toppled dictator Slobodan Milosovic. The Yellow Revolution in the Philippines. Solidarity in Poland. And there are more. For a concept less than 100 years old, it’s proving mighty powerful. People disassociate themselves from violence. Occupy will lose support if it goes violent, even if only a “small portion” goes violent. This is what happened in the protests against the Vietnam War: the non-violent SDS was gaining power at a rapid rate, like the early weeks of Occupy. Then the Weathermen took over and support dropped like it was a hot potato. Look at our violent occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan: who in those countries wants to join us? Look how popular violence is in Israel and Palestine: it has caused a stalemate in which everyone is losing. Pacifism does not equal passivism. It is an active seeking of social justice, and necessarily not demonizing groups of people. “The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.” (Dalai Lama)

  20. I fought the law ... on November 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

    IF ANYONE ADVANCES TOWARDS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON, LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO KILL THE ADVANCING PARTY.

    I fought PPB tooth and nail and as a result there is a new FBI Agent-in-Chrage and, thank God, Dwight Holton is gone and Amanda Marshall is now the new US prosecutor for Oregon. I fought PPB because they were unjustly, illegally and unconstitutionally killing people. PORTLAND POLICE SEEM TO ENJOY KILLING!

    I support Occupy Portland but with Sam Adams’ new city per Oregon Constitution Article I, Section 26. Assemblages of people; instruction of representatives; application to legislature. No law shall be passed restraining any of the inhabitants of the State from assembling together in a peaceable manner to consult for their common good; nor from instructing their Representatives; nor from applying to the Legislature for redress of greviances [sic].– I believe Sam Adams is wrong at this time to make this decision!

    IF ANYONE ADVANCES TOWARDS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON, LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO KILL THE ADVANCING PARTY.

    The Portland police will kill you! This city is not like other cities as far as the police are concerned.

    • Cab on November 13, 2011 at 6:34 am

      I am very happy actually tickled to see this events and others like it begin to manifest itself . This is not about civil disobidence although the press and even our elected officials may attempt to use any and all means available to cast a shadow of doubt and garner support from the public to disassemble the begining of something I feel should have never ceased since the earlier civil rights movement . This is in effect the continued effort of like minded people to come togther . Utilizing an avenue which was granted us through National and State constitution . I have to admit that the movement just like any infant will learn to walk run and so on .

      As far as the assemblage of Drug Addicts , Mentally Handicapped , and other people who are wanting to seek alternate unsanctioned means to attract the type of attention that fans the flame of violence and destroys the integrity of a orchastrated effort Occupy must in fact disallow these same people from misusing their agenda to disrupt and destroy the demonstration. I believe a I.D. Badge should be issued in a manner that allows anonimity while insuring accountibility and seperating Our True 99% .

      Howevr I do feel for those souls and send them blessings that they may become aware that Violence and Mischief are arming the authorities with what they want and expect . Portland Police are practiced in disassembling crowds of disruptors . Portland is a Beautiful amazing city with so much heart and soul and positive influence let it show the world how it is done . God Speed and Thank You .

  21. Kram on November 12, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Don’t give the cops any reason to use force. This is just the beginning. Keep it peaceful. We need everyone. Encourage others to do the same. If we do that, we win.

    • David on November 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Our being at an occupation that has been deemed illegal is a ‘reason’ for the police to use force. Our disagreeing with the political or economic system is a ‘reason’ for the police to use force. Our having a darker shade of skin is ‘reason’ for the police to use (deadly) force. Our looking at the police the wrong way is a ‘reason’ for the police to use force. Or so they would have us believe.
      STOP BLAMING THE VICTIMS!
      If the police use force it is because they choose to do so- NOT because of anything we might do! Women don’t choose to get raped by wearing the ‘wrong’ kind of clothes- rapists CHOOSE to rape women. Police CHOOSE to harass/beat/shoot us. We can’t ever be perfect and rich and white enough for the police to leave us alone! Don’t think for a second that being polite or thinking good thoughts will ever make the world a better, actually safer or more peaceful place. Peace requires standing UP and STOPPING injustice.

  22. JustAnotherLousy(A) on November 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Y’alls is gonna get beat, tear gassed, pepper sprayed, and quite possibly worse. Any pretensions of non-violence in the face of PPD are about to be completely ignored. Don’t turn those not willing to take this lying down into demons.

  23. sillygirl77 on November 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I think the larger point here that is being overlooked entirely is that this movement is being noticed. It will sort itself out and the folks who really matter, who understand the reasoning behind it and are willing to support it peacefully and sensibly will continue on. All the violent madness going on now with the homeless, street kids, drug addicts, mentally ill etc congregating in these areas will disperse and go back to what they were doing before. This has just been a cool diversion for them. PDX Police will go back to fighting the street crime that essentially this movement if really carried out to fruition could potentially decrease dramatically. Kind of ironic huh? This movement will continue on…and be more organized next time, be smarter next time and skilled at getting their message out without the unnecessary interference. Just watch…stay tuned this thing is bigger than the originators ever thought it would be. There are smart folks behind this thing, not just a bunch of losers. Rome was not built in a day…

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